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Foundation makes sets, props available for filmmakers

From left, Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Bailey Chase on the set of “Longmire” in Santa Fe in April 2013. The trio is on the set of the Red Pony Bar. (Dean Hanson/Journal)

Access to a set and props just got a little easier for local filmmakers thanks to the Stagecoach Foundation.

The Santa Fe-based nonprofit opened its Set & Prop House this month and is renting out the items.

The inventory includes items from:

• “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” which began as a forthcoming Netflix Western series and is now a feature film by Joel and Ethan Coen;

• “Longmire,” a Western series that brought thousands of film jobs to New Mexico during its six-season run;

• “Corporate Animals,” a 2018 comedy horror film starring New Mexico native Demi Moore; and

• “Scalped,” a WGN America pilot based on the DC Comics graphic novel of the same name.

“We’ve been very lucky that the productions have gifted these sets and props,” said Marisa X. Jimenez, Stagecoach Foundation executive director.

The items will be used by Stagecoach Foundation students during film education training and workshops, Jimenez said.

“Students will have the opportunity for immersive learning with the props,” she said. “They will develop a better understanding for how productions work and how to properly care for a set.”

Three students from the Institute of American Indian Arts have been training in the Set & Prop House since its opening this month.

“We have three clients that have used the Set & Prop House,” Jimenez said. “Meow Wolf is doing a music video and they are building a huge bar scene. Very Meow Wolf-style.”

The other clients are “Cliffs of Freedom,” starring Oscar winner Christopher Plummer, and “Roswell,” a CW reboot of the popular science fiction series.

Jimenez also encourages local filmmakers to take advantage of rentals at the Set & Prop House. It is for all members of New Mexico’s film community.

“The Set & Prop House is a natural, fantastic extension to our Stagecoach Foundation suite of services,” she said. “It aligns with our commitment to film and education, and it simultaneously supports our students and the greater local film community. The Set & Prop House program represents both the present vitality of New Mexico filmmaking and its promising future, while supporting Santa Fe’s economic development. We couldn’t be more excited, and we invite everyone to learn more about us – and work with us.”

The same rules apply to the Set & Prop House as the guidelines for the Stagecoach Foundation, which rents out space below market rate to production companies. In return, the production must give back to the community either by hiring locals and interns, or leading workshops or classes for students.

“What we really want them to do is hire the next generation of filmmakers,” Jimenez said. “Meow Wolf is hiring two of my students for the project. ‘Roswell’ is doing internships. I just finished a workshop in San Felipe where we were teaching kids how to make a music video. There’s a wonderful synergy coming together.”

The office of Sheriff Walt Longmire at Garson Studios in July 2013. The set is now owned by The Stagecoach Foundation. (Dean Hanson/Journal)

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